Gangs of New York, an Example of Naturalism Essay

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In the beginning, it seems unlikely that Gangs of New York will be an example of naturalism. Unlike To Build a Fire or Open Boat, the whole story of Gangs of New York happens in a civilized area, and nobody is in a case of danger because of the nature. Naturalism is implicit in this article. But being implicit does not mean it is ineffective. Instead, the idea of naturalism within this article is more confound than other two stories we studied before.
The very first scene, a cave is hidden underneath a mission, somehow revealed the naturalist’s idea of brute within. Cave is a symbol of primitive, brute, and undeveloped. Mission is a symbol of civilized, peaceful, and developed. Another similar dramatic reminding of this idea is priest
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In the beginning, it seems unlikely that Gangs of New York will be an example of naturalism. Unlike To Build a Fire or Open Boat, the whole story of Gangs of New York happens in a civilized area, and nobody is in a case of danger because of the nature. Naturalism is implicit in this article. But being implicit does not mean it is ineffective. Instead, the idea of naturalism within this article is more confound than other two stories we studied before.
The very first scene, a cave is hidden underneath a mission, somehow revealed the naturalist’s idea of brute within. Cave is a symbol of primitive, brute, and undeveloped. Mission is a symbol of civilized, peaceful, and developed. Another similar dramatic reminding of this idea is priest Vallon. Vallon is a Catholic priest being the head of a gang, on the one hand holding a crucifix and blesses his warriors, on the other hand holding a knife and ready to kill. The contradiction between wild and civilized reminds us the naturalism idea of brute within.
Five Points is the setting of the movie. People live in Five Points are conditioned and trapped by the environment. One example is Bill Cutting. Because his father fought for U.S. and died for U.S., Cutting has a strong Nativism belief. The environment conditioned Bill Cutting and made him resent immigrants. As another example, being a witness of his father’s death, Amsterdam’s goal is nothing other than revenge for his father. This also trapped him into Five Points. After getting